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Though Michael Phelps' last big, gold-medal win feels pretty recent, the Beijing Olympic Games were actually a long, long time ago. Back in '08, "I Kissed A Girl" was the hottest song in the country, George W. Bush was president, and no one had ever heard of an iPad.
Seems crazy when you think that way, but you know what's an even bigger difference this time around? Every athlete has the access to update the entire world on what's going on behind the Olympics' closed doors.
Twitter will play an unprecedented role in the Olympic Games this year, and lucky for us, we'll be able to stay in the loop without having to glue our eyes to the television all afternoon long. Now, even while you're finishing a last-minute report or banging out an e-mail to a crazy coworker, you can get your fill of winners, losers, and underdogs all from your Twitter feed.
From the world's top-notch athletes to some competitors who love Instagram as much as their individual events, here are the best accounts worth hitting that "Follow" button.